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"The Poetics of Haunting", Jane Wong with Don Mee Choi, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Pimone Triplett
MadArt Studio
Seattle, WA
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"The Poetics of Haunting", Jane Wong with Don Mee Choi, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Pimone Triplett
We Are a Crowd of Others presents a multimedia event facilitated by Jane Wong, who will share pieces from her project, The Poetics of Haunting ( Special readings and performances will be shared by Asian American artists included in the project: Don Mee Choi, Diana Khoi Nguyen and Pimone Triplett. This project engages invocation: a deliberate, powerful, and provocative move toward haunted places. How does history  particularly the history of war, colonialism, and marginalization  impact the work of Asian American poets across time and space? How does language act as a haunting space of intervention and activism?


Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, April 2016), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), and translator of contemporary Korean women poets. She has received a Whiting Writers Award and the 2012 Lucien Stryk Translation Prize. Her translation of Kim Hyesoons Sorrowtoothpaste Mirrorcream (Action Books, 2014) was a finalist for the 2015 PEN Poetry in Translation Award and shortlisted for ALTA's Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize. Her most recent works include a chapbook, Petite Manifesto (Vagabond Press, 2014), and a pamphlet, Freely Frayed,=q, Race=Nation (Wave Books, 2014). She was born in Seoul and came to the U.S. via Hong Kong. She now lives in Seattle.  

A native of California, Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems appearing or forthcoming in Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, and West Branch, among others. She has also received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Key West Literary Seminars, as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. A Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow, she earned her MFA from Columbia University and was recently a Roth Resident at Bucknell. She is pursuing a PhD at the University of Denver.

Pimone Triplett is the author of Rumor (2009), The Price of Light (2005), and Ruining the Picture (1998). She has been the recipient of the Levis Poetry Prize and the Hazel Hall Poetry Prize. With Daniel Tobin, she is the co-editor of Poets Work, Poets Play, a collection of essays on craft by Warren Wilson MFA Program professors. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa. Currently, she teaches at the University of Washington and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Jane Wongs poems can be found in anthologies and journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Third Coast, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Squaw Valley, and Bread Loaf. A Visiting Assistant Professor at Pacific Lutheran University, she is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016).


Artists Gail Grinnell, Sam Wildman, and Eric John Olson are using their residency at MadArt Studio to weave together an expansive, textile-based installation with a series of public programs which investigate the language and resonance of ordinary acts. This exhibit melds the ethereal fabric artwork Gail and Sam are recognized for with some broader programming and interactive public events that stem from Eric and Sams past social practice collaborations. Through these different approaches, the artists create a broad forum for discussing the sources of our day-to-day rituals and the ways performance percolates into our homes and workplaces.


MadArt Studio is an expansive workspace which provides selected artists with a unique opportunity to create large-scale artwork, while providing the public with a chance to witness the artistic process. Since 2009, MadArt has served as a catalyst for new and unexpected artworks in Seattle, with projects such as Mad Homes, Mad Campus, and Middle Fork. Through these exhibits, MadArt fosters a dialogue between artists and the public. MadArts mission is to support emerging artists in our community, to bring art into our lives in unexpected ways, and to create community involvement in the arts.


MadArt Studio (View)
325 Westlake Ave N, #101
Seattle, WA 98109
United States




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